Rafa Benitez’s men sat 10 points off the pace at Christmas after winning just two of their last six Serie A games but are clear 7/20 (1.35) favourites with Betway to get back on track with a first win of 2014.
Meanwhile, Sinisa Mihajlovic managed to pull his side clear of the relegation zone after orchestrating a five-game unbeaten following his appointment in November, and is available at 15/2 (8.50) to endear himself even further with the fans by securing a famous victory in this one.
Three of those five games resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on i Blucerchiati holding their hosts to a stalemate here.
Mihajlovic’s impact at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris has been dramatic, taking a team that had lost three consecutive games before his arrival into one that has now gone six games without tasting defeat in all competitions.
The former defender has achieved this largely by tightening things up at the back, transforming a defence that had conceded 21 goals in their opening 12 league games (including four against lowly Sassuolo in predecessor Delio Rossi’s last home game in charge) into one that has let in only three in his five games at the helm.
Having frustrated both Lazio and Inter Milan in that period, Sampdoria will be confident of making life difficult for a Partenopei team that have struggled against Sassuolo and Parma in front of their owns fans this campaign, meaning the strikers could be in for a long 90 minutes.
A bet on under 2.5 goals would have paid out in all five of Mihajlovic’s Serie A games in command, so odds of 11/10 (2.10) look extremely generous on no more than two going in when he sets up defensively against Napoli.
|Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with Betway
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